Friday, 10 February 2017

New books added to Clinical Key



Elsevier have added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:
Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Web site of the month: ONESearch

ONESearch from the US National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) is a simple search interface giving you access to a number of different resources aimed at researchers.

Using ONESearch gives you a single point of entry to:


ONESearch uses the standard searching options (Boolean operators, phrase searching etc.) you may already be familiar with. It also allows you to filter your results by each of the resources above and then further by topic areas.

www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/onesearch.html

ONESearch is a really useful resource for finding ongoing and unpublished research, grey literature as well as public health related material.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Fancy a change of scene? We are recruiting...

The Richmond Library
It's no secret that working in a library is a popular choice (indeed, in 2015 YouGov research listed librarian as the 2nd most desirable job in Britain). If this is something that appeals to you, we may be able to help.

We are currently recruiting for a part-time library assistant (working Wednesday to Friday, 9-5), based at the Richmond Library, Northampton General Hospital, but also providing cover for our satellite library at Isebrook Hospital in Wellingborough.

We're looking for someone with great customer service skills as you will often be the first point of contact with the NHS staff who use our services.

We need someone who is adaptable, confident, and able to deal with the full range of staff and students. You will have a good level of general education and be IT literate. Previous experience of working in a library would be a bonus but is by no means essential. A sense of humour would also be an asset.

Our library assistants undertake a range of general duties including staffing our reception desks and dealing with users, carrying out library inductions, sourcing documents, answering enquiries and supporting users with finding information and general IT queries.

You will also be given overall responsibility for one or more areas of work, and of course, appropriate training will be given.

If you are interested in this role you can find more information, including how to apply, on the NHS Jobs web site here.

We look forward to hearing from you...

Saturday, 21 January 2017

New selection of books for review

Russians Reading & Writing courtesy
Our preferred method of selecting books to buy is via a recommendation from our users. To that end we have a new set of books on approval for review. The scheme gives you the chance to browse a selection of newly published titles covering a variety of health and related topics and let us know if there are any you would like us to buy for the Library's collection.

Our current selections are available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 24th of February. The topics covered include:
  • Autism
  • Counselling
  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Mental health, psychiatry and psychology
  • Neurology
  • Nursing
  • Research
  • ...and more
Of course, we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous on approvals) on our web site, and all of our stock via our catalogue.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Access to TRIP Pro extended for 2017

www.tripdatabase.com
Health Education England have funded access to the premium version of TRIP until the end of December 2017.

If you aren't already familiar with it, TRIP is a UK clinical database designed to allow clinicians to find the best evidence to answer their clinical questions.

TRIP presents search results in a hierarchy based on the level of evidence, so you always see the highest quality information, for example, systematic reviews or metaanalysis, first (but you can sort the results by date or relevance too).

TRIP has an easy to use simple search, but also offers two other ways to search in a more sophisticated way.

The advanced search option is very similar to the same feature in Google and allows you to combine search terms in different ways to find the information you want (including phrase searching, limiting by year and excluding words).

The PICO (Patient/Population Intervention Comparison Outcome) interface allows you easily break your search down into its most important elements which is really useful when answering a clinical question.

TRIP Pro is only accessible from an NHS computer (via its IP address). When accessing the site you should see the message about your account being provided by Health Education England as below.












TRIP is still accessible for free outside of the NHS, but with more limited search functionality.

A great resource for finding high quality health information, TRIP is a great starting point for any literature search...

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Stay up to date with our daily health news service

There is a huge amount of news coverage of the NHS. With some many different sources of information, it can sometime be hard to know where to start, especially with the increase in fake news on social media in this "post-truth" age.

But we can help.

Our Daily Health News service scans feeds from over 60 different sources every day. We  review them and the ones we think you will find most useful are then posted onto our Blogger site, giving you just one place to look if you want to find out what is new in health and the NHS.

We don't include a lot of clinical items (you can find more of that via our Twitter account). Our feeds include:
  • Local media coverage of Northamptonshire health issues
  • NHS, DoH and other government sites
  • Think tanks like the King's Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation
  • Royal Colleges
  • Voluntary groups and charities
  • Health related news sites like OnMedica
  • Mainstream media sites like the BBC, and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian
You can access this service in a number of different ways:
  • Visit the web site
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed (you can find it here)
  • Most conveniently - you can subscribe to the service by email and receive one message a day with a digest of all the news, complete with links to take you straight to the item. Simply enter your email address here and you will be sent a confirmation email. Once you have clicked on the link in the email your subscription will be live. We will never use your email address for anything else or share it with anyone, and you can unsubscribe from the service at any time.
Our Daily Health News Service is an easy way to keep up to date with the issues facing the NHS and health care and we hope you will find it useful...

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Web site(s) of the month - fact checking

There is an increasing amount of fake news out there, especially on social media, as well as Internet and email scams. Indeed the term "post truth" was the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year.

In this context, how do you know if the Tweet, Facebook post or email you get contains genuine information, a hoax, a joke or something more sinister?

It is difficult sometimes to distinguish the fake stories from the real, so the answer is to fact check, and there are plenty of sites that will soon tell you if it's real news or a hoax. Here are a few we think are worth a look:

  • Hoax Slayer - Particularly useful for email and social media articles, Hoax Slayer is a really up to date source of information for those dodgy emails you sometimes get asking you to do something or the viral hoaxes you see again and again on social media.
  • Snopes - Great for checking on a news stories to see if they are real, Snopes sorts the truth from the urban legend.
  • Full Fact - An independent, UK based fact checking organisation, Full Fact are less about hoaxes and more about checking the facts behind serious news stories, legal issues, the claims of political parties and the like.
  • BBC Reality Check - Offers a similar service to Full Fact but just focused on news stories. They also have a Twitter account you can follow for regular updates.
So if you receive an email or see a Tweet you can't quite believe, it may be because you can't actually believe it. One of these sites might just clarify which it is...

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Lots of new books added to Clinical Key



Elsevier have added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas opening at the libraries

All the libraries will be open up to Friday the 23rd of December.


Berrywood Hospital Library will be staffed from Wednesday the 28th until Friday the 30th of December, and then will reopen on Tuesday the 3rd of January.

Isebrook Hospital Library will be closed after Friday the 23rd of December for the Christmas period and will reopen on Tuesday the 3rd of January. Please contact one of the other libraries if you require any help during this period.

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be staffed from Wednesday the 28th until Friday the 30th of December, and then will reopen on Tuesday the 3rd of January.

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal throughout the Christmas period at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Web site of the month: Students 4 Best Evidence

www.students4bestevidence.net



Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is an award-winning international blogging network for students interested in evidence based healthcare and supported by the Cochrane UK. Produced by nurses, medical students, AHPs and others, S4BE pulls together useful resources on evidence based healthcare and puts them all into a single interactive space.

S4BE is described as a community for students, by students, although in reality the content would be of equal interest to anyone with a focus on using evidence in their clinical practice.

The site aims to guide you through an understanding of what is evidence-based health care, how it is practised and what resources are available to support it. Sections of the site will take you through the whole evidence based practice cycle:


The site also has an interactive element and features blogs written by students as well as reviews of useful resources (websites, courses, databases etc). Students can also sign up to be a contributor to the site.

There are also a related social media sites including an S4BE Twitter & Facebook page, as well as a YouTube channel.

We think Students 4 Best Evidence is a really useful resource for students and anyone else who is interested in developing their skills in evidence based practice. Highly recommended 👍👍👍👍

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas shopping on Amazon? Find out how you can help the library.

Click the link!
If you are doing some or all of your Christmas shopping on Amazon, you can help support the Library Service at no cost to yourself. It's as simple as clicking a link.

By clicking on the "buy it now" link in our catalogue, on our web site or from this blog, a percentage of the price of anything you buy will come to us, all at no additional cost to you.

It doesn't matter if you are buying books, a blu-ray box set, music, a Christmas jumper, a laptop, scented candles or reindeer food. If you click our link the Library Service will get a cut.

The ID will stay on your computer for 24 hours, so anything you purchase from Amazon in that time will automatically be included.

"What's the catch?" you may ask. There isn't one.

Clicking on the link doesn't change what you pay to Amazon, and we can't see what you have bought.

Clicking the link just means we get some money back which we can then invest in the library service to help make what we do go a little further.

So please, if you are going to be shopping with Amazon this Christmas, help us at the same time and use our Buy It Now link to send a little of Amazon's profits our way.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Library opening Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th of November

Photo courtesy of  Stavos on Flickr
On Wednesday the 23rd Isebrook Library will be closed from 12.30 for the afternoon.

Due to staff fire training on Friday the 25th of November:


Berrywood Library is open as usual on both days.

Apologies for any inconvenience.